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Driver released from hospital, arrested for deadly crash on Gollihar

Posted at 3:56 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 23:09:27-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Police have arrested a man accused of fatally striking a motorcyclist on Gollihar Road in September.

Corpus Christi Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Michael Pena said 32-year old Rene Cruz was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

According to police, on Sept. 14 at 2:04 a.m., Cruz was driving an SUV down the 2500 block of Gollihar Road at a high rate of speed when he struck 59-year old Andrew Riojas.

Riojas' motorcycle went under the SUV and was dragged along the roadway. The SUV then flipped, hitting a home and a fence.

Riojas was pronounced dead at the scene. Cruz was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. Lt. Pena said police arrested Cruz immediately after he was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 11.

According to Nueces County Jail officials, Cruz' made his $75,000 bond on Nov. 14 and was released.